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UPDATE!! Are We Starting To Get A Slight Sense Of PROMETHEUS Design??

Merrick again...

As I conjectured below, the Mark Savage art in question is NOT from PROMETHEUS, confirmed by several reliable sources.  To the best of my knowledge, the information regarding the Tweets still stands.  

This said, the Savage art is still pretty cool...



Merrick here...

A sharp-eyed reader named John sent us a note regarding a few Tweets he recently noticed, both pertaining to PROMETHEUS, Ridley Scott's "is it/?isn't it?" ALIEN project.  

Seems Marcus Fairs' Twitter stream (HERE) reveals an interesting tidbit via a message which read as follows:  

Pinewood Studios have been in touch - they want to borrow some of our watches for the new Ridley Scott movie.

To get a better sense of what he's talking about, you can click HERE to access Deezen Watch Store.  Very hyper-modern, not necessarily "ALIENy" in appearance.  At least, not the kind of ALIENy many of us have been, and still may be, expecting.  

In a similar vein, THIS Tweet by Luxxbox indicates that their "Brainwash" series of tables will be a part of PROMETHEUS as well.  You can find images of these Brainwash tables HERE.  What kind of name is "Brainwash" for a table, anyway?  

John also noticed that conceptual artist Matt Savage has posted a few mysterious images on his website - Savage is working on PROMETHEUS, having previously worked on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and THE DARK KNIGHT.  

There is a spacesuit design and mining-type platform featured in Savage's portfolio that I'm pretty sure come from the DOCTOR WHO episodes "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit" (I have a 12" David Tennant in a spacesuit action figure sitting next to my computer which looks just like THIS particular piece of concept art).  However, there are some other selections on the site which don't seem as immediately recognizable - John wonders if they might be from PROMETHEUS?  Rather doubting someone would be posting artwork from the film, even already rejected pieces, this soon - but who knows?  See them HERE, HERE, and HERE.

More as we know more. 


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  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    So the movie is set in a pretentious European location?

    by theBigE

    Looks like watches/furniture the Noonis on SNL would use. I'm so glad they don't do those skits anymore!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Matt Savage concept art

    by darth_hideous

    Look a lot like the vehicles in MOON

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    and what the fuck is it gonna be?

    by Denty420

    An Alien Prequel? A non-Alien sci-fi movie? Have they made their fucking minds up yet?

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Also revealed, Pinewood Studios have ordered an extra 500 rolls of toilet paper on top of their usual delivery.<p> From this we 'could' infer that the new Prometheus movie is so scary cast and crew are literally shitting themselves.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    "Ain't Got No News"

    by Pigdog

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I'm not even sure if this is an ALIEN movie at all anymore.

    by Mike_D

    im so confused.

  • Or else this is just damning misdirection. Which is cool.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    by mike

    So hyper stylish possibly in the vein of I, Robot but with colors or like Ultraviolet but without the gothicness? Looks cool

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the 12" David Tennant doll.....

    by Righteous Brother

    It's a bit much, even amongst fellow geeks. Unless of course you're gay and have a thing for David Tenant, in which case I'll give you a pass.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    So the movie is set in a pretentious European location?

    by mayorofsmpleton

    Huh? You mean because it's filming in London? You mean like how Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 were filmed in the UK... ? Resurrection filmed in LA but it's still "pretentious" because they got a French director... right...? My god will people find SOMETHING to complain about in any news article? At least wait to see the movie before you decide to hate it. ;)

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Go Ridley!

    by Spandau Belly

    I'll bet Ridley had some crazy idea for a sci-fi movie and the only way to get it financed was to pitch it as part of a franchise. I'll bet he'll just make some totally non-Alien movie with one shot of an Alien so they can put that in the trailer.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Petentious Europeans....

    by Righteous Brother

    with their art, literature, fancy food!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I think the 'pretentious european' guy was simply trying to say that the watches (in the link) were pretentious, and european.<p> He just didnt articulate it very well.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    it's a movie about the Space Jockeys/Growers

    by DonLogan

    not about the 'Aliens', although they probably do appear. That's the connection. Probably.

  • The cyber-pussy come flocking when I go out partying with mine on...

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    That's pretty heady stuff darth_kong.

    by Fuzzyjefe

    But will there be boobies?

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Pretentious European comment

    by theBigE

    Ok, for those that didn't my first post (and I was typing fast to be first) ... On SNL in the early 2000's, Fred Armesian and Maya Rudolph played two avant-garde artsy Europeans of indeterminate origin (perhaps Swedish? Danish? Austrian? You decide). Their apartment / house was furnished with ridiculous modern-art fixtures, while the couple wore similar looking accessories. The joke was (besides the unfunny gag that no one could pronounce their names - both were "Nuni" or some variation) that their furniture / clothing / accessories were ridiculous and non-functional, just designed to look cool to show off how modern and artsy they were. The designs linked in this article, especially the "brainwash" tables, looked like something straight out of the skit. Watch this skit, then return to your angry, indignant posting:

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    It was a joke, uptight whiners!

    by theBigE

    Some people will find anything about which to complain!

  • But I like your way of thinking, Kong.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Right, So, Minimalism Is Back (And Has Been)

    by NeonFrisbee

    I like minimalism. Part of why Tron Legacy was SO great was this minimalist design -- instead of cgi vomit filling every single frame, it was sparse and seemed vast and clean and elegant and beautiful. It's the zeitgeist, after all -- clean, simplified aesthetics for a dirty, complicated, confusing age of angst, confusion, and catastrophic system fail.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Damn, my pretentious european genes kicked in

    by David Cloverfield

    I find some of those watches mad cool.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    And yes, Thebige is right. They are pretentious.

    by David Cloverfield

    And I still dig them.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    "Ain't Got No News"

    by Rupee88

    yeah don't waste our time with this non-story bullshit...geez. Don't you have another 10 "articles" to write about giving away tix to a screening?

  • bwahaha

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Wow. Remember when....

    by Mindworm22

    Ain't It Cool News actually ran, you know, cool news? What a disgrace this place has turned into. Ugh.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I would think the Space Jockey is Prometheus

    by spire_walk

    Prometheus was a Titan, or giant. The Space Jockey is 14 feet tall at least. Prometheus gave fire to the Greeks. The Space Jockey makes ancient bioweapons available to the human race. Prometheus has been used in literature for centuries as a metaphor for giving forbidden science to mankind, hence the title "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" by Mary Shelley. If Prometheus is in fact a Frankenstein in this story, that would lend to the whole idea that the Alien was originally engineered as a bioweapon. The Jockeys either created the Alien or they were middle men who transported the eggs. Either way, the original movie seemed to convey that the original creators were a dead race, likely killed by their own creations. That's of course just one possibility, but I think dead races with old sleeping monsters waiting to be found aboard ancient derelict ships fall in line with the whole Lovecraftian element of the Alien universe. Alien is quite possibly the best Lovecraft story ever made into film.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    a time hugger!!

    by vulturess

    hard to do.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    This reminds me of when AICN...

    by Jaster

    Devoted an article to alerting us to the sign stating "This space reserved for Toby MaGuire" on the set of Spider-Man. No actual news. Nothing tangible. Nothing about Spider-Man. Just letting us know what Toby's parking space sign looked like. Yeah.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    A Hundred-Million-Dollar-Plus Budget...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    And they have to borrow some fucking Swatch knock-offs from a Euro-Hipster store? Yeah, this isn't going to suck and blow at the same time. The more I hear about this film, the less I care about it. Scott's flicks have been middle-of-the-road crowd pleasers at best for the past two decades. His returning to the franchise he started was the only thing that made this project remotely interesting to me. Now, with each and every "update", it seems that the connection between this film and the Aliens universe will be tangential at best. Go Aliens or go home.

  • Prometheus is definitely the xenomorph. It is a created species that turns monstrous and kills its master. Exactly like "Frankenstein: The New Prometheus".

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    rise_of_fett re: Prometheus

    by spire_walk

    Pardon me for getting literal, but Victor Frankenstein was Prometheus, rather than the monster. Also, Prometheus the Titan in Greek Mythology created Man. It would stand to reason that the creator of the Alien is Prometheus. Did the script say anything about the creators of the Alien also being the creators of Man? It would depend on how literal the interpretation of Prometheus would be, of course.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    sorry, you're right

    by Jaster

    I temporarily made the classic mistake of naming the monster Frankenstein. So the Prometheus of the title would indeed be the space jockies since the Greek God is sometimes credited for creating mankind and more commonly attributed with stealing Zues' fire and giving it to humans.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    AICN late to the game as usual

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    This info has been on the forums and news sites for days.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    yeah its about "life" and "androids" and such...

    by cube3

    bio life and android machine life.... yeah. I have faith in scott.. but then again.. all the "atlas" and "prometheus" imagery you could toss at it , wasnt enough to save Superman Returns from being, odd extranged lost dad vs giant rock.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    Yeah, when I think of Prometheus, Frankenstein's Monster, and H.R. Giger's designs, my mind IMMEDIATELY goes to Superman Returns. :)

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    spire_walk, I saw a dog squatting down and laying a steaming turd earlier, I must admit my mind immediately went to Superman Returns.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS means all sorts of things in its mythology

    by Smack_Teddy

    to whats gone on in the past with science-progress or such things, and what could be seen to currently. But the subject matter, universe, backdrop etc all the parts are in place for the an amazing Promethius-Chtuhu-Old Ones in Space, set in the Ridleyverse! With Aliens and Giger creatures and Marines and scientists all part of the mythological intepretation! Feel pretty darn good about that. Space Jockey is a literal promethius is my best guess. Yeah and Bobby is God in fleshy form in Supernatural...I'd bet on the former before the latter though if i had too mind.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    12 inch Rene Belloq figure

    by BandysTract

    12 inch David Tennant figure in spacesuit

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Dude. You just made me buy a watch for the first time in ten years.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Those are the ugliest goddamn tables I've ever seen

    by SithMenace

    And will be completely dated in 5 years. I've never understood why people buy trendy fad shit. Buy yourself a solidly built oak coffee table. In 30 years it'll be just as beautiful and timeless as when you bought it.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Tristan

    I just sent Harry an e-mail about this, but Sky has confirmed, there IS a Space Jockey and a giant head that pilots the ship, in Prometheus!

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    expand ones mind.

    by cube3

    i had already mentioned the "biolife aliens" and "androids" that were key to ALIEN. and other Scott films. i mentioned the "frankenstein" connections in the previous posts here a month or so ago. as to Superman Returns usage of the Prometheus and Atlas Mythologies and their failure to be more than just a "money shot" or "actors dialog moment"....stuck in a bizarre story as a remake that wasnt required, go watch the movie.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    Yeah, but dog turds and Superman Returns are two sides of the same coin, really... a coin made from canine feces.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I like those watches, and the "radii" table

    by Ringwearer9

    On the table website, there are a lot of ugly candy colored, non-functional looking things, but the "radii" table, a combination of frosted glass and wood, looks pretty nice. The watches look pretty nice and futuristic as well. I have nothing more to say.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Merrick, ignore the assholes

    by Ringwearer9

    It was a cool article.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    one grand universe

    by rhizomeman

    I think would be really cool if Alien AND Blade Runner were brought into this grand mythology. Ridley has a very specific vision of the future. His two sc-fi films could exist in the same universe - although, yes the timeframe is a bit messed up. But, the designs and concepts agree with each other and are arguably the most visionary depictions of the future in cinema history. These new sleek designs are a bit different but it's exciting to think of what Ridley will come up with. I'm really rooting for him - this could be his final sc-fi masterpiece before he leaves us.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Mindworm22

    If you think this was a cool article, you'd probably blow a load if Merrick read aloud from the phone book. Unreal...

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST


    by theKRELL

    You are kinda/sorta right about the pretentious European Country. It will be set in your very own 'goat fucking Almada! When you apply for the job of goat wrangler . . . best to remember wrangler doesn't equate to suckin' dry the nutsack of all the goats in a 5 mile radius! kinda/sorta . . . pretentious (debatable), European (see pretentious), but spot on about PortuGAYl . . . definitely a CUNTRY!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST


    by rhizomeman

    Actually if you watch the blade runner doc Dangerous Days - when Ridlley asked to see what "pens" were available for someone's desk, they sent a guy out and told him to buy every pen he could find. So, no I don't think it's crazy that someone might "shopping around" for interesting looking designs.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I would slag you for writing this non story Merrick,but...

    by blackflowerX

    1. Nice watches.<BR><BR> 2. Fucking cool concept art of the T.A.R.D.I.S (the first pic on Matt Savage website).<BR><BR> 3. I ended up , via the site with the watches ,finding this house , which is very cool, is silver, and has a mother fucking swing under it hanging of a hill! <BR><BR> <BR><BR>

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    So the movie is set in a pretentious European location?

    by mayorofsmpleton

    I got it. So it was just a poor attempt at a cultural reference joke. ;) Problem solved. We weren't "finding something about which to complain" we were confused as to why a UK setting was inherently "pretentious." Poor wording made it sound that way in your initial post. I'm guessing the items being used will likely be "altered" in ways to make them futuristic. That's certainly nothing new. Cameron redressed junkyard stuff for the sets in ALIENS.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    The "Steve Jobs" look...

    by marineboy

    So basically we're looking at Kubrick's 2001 "white" styling....always sinister, and could be a nod towards the "fascism" of Apple's dominance. Do we really think we'll be still wearing watches then or even using tables? Wouldn't everything just float or be projected?